(23 June 2011)
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About This Shoot
Date: 23 June 2011
Location: South-central Montana from Harlowton to Roundup, MT
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
This was the farthest northwest that Jay and I have ever chased, and we were rewarded with fine storm structure and photogenic lightning in classic wide open Montana landscape.

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23 June 2011

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:31:52 -0500
Chase Trip Day 8 (June 23) Summary: Sub-severe electrical storms in Montana from Harlowton to Roundup
Here are a few images of the awesome lightning storms we chased in
southern Montana. Unfortunately, we had to end the chase earlier than
we wished due to a tire blowout on one of the gravel road we took from
Musselshell to Custer, MT.



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Fri, 24 Jun 2011 00:30:05 -0500
Going to be in Buffalo WY again tonite after another enjoyable storm Chase despite an unfortunate tire blowout N of Custer MT

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:36:57 -0500
chase update 935. Ugh flat tire on that sweet gravel road. letting the storm pass then tire change and back on the road. chase is pretty much over now, so sheridan or buffalo,WY for the night.

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:03:37 -0500
chase update 9pm cdt. traveling along an awesome gravel road hwy 310 southeast from musselshell to custer, mt. great storm views, awesome lightning, fine structure for good images.

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:37:41 -0500
chase update 635pm cdt. photographed some intense CG lightning southeast of Harlowton. Storm intensifying to our southwest. heading back east toward Ryegate then Lavina

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:28:55 -0500
chase update 430pm. going to head to Harlowton where convective activity from Bozeman and points north increasing... can drop down to I-90 at Harlowton if too far north.

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:25:00 -0500
Musselshell river washed out road east of Roundup Montana
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Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:42:31 -0500
First storm dissipation to the north near grass range Montana. 242pm cdt
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Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:39:09 -0500
chase update 135pm cdt. in Montana you can see developing storm bases from 90 miles away. Towering cumulus development continues on the Snowy Mts. Heading N to Roundup

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:53:43 -0500
chase update 1252pm cdt. midday towering cumulus forming over Snowy Mts south of Lewistown. From Billings will likely head north to Roundup and investigate. HRRR model favors this area

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:41:51 -0500
Chase Trip Day 8 (June 23): Today is a chase day in south-central or central Montana. Will head to Billings by early afternoon and re-evaluate and go north or west from there.
Starting off the day in Buffalo, WY where Jay and I stayed at the Big
Horn motel... a favorite that Vince Miller and I frequented during
2007 and 2008 June chase trips.

Brief Summary of Chase Trip Day 6 and Day 7

Day 6 -- Tuesday June 21. Jay and I hung around Dodge City most of
the day as I had my windshield replaced out of my Jeep due to a very
large hail stone impact. We then decided to drive to Clayton, NM for
a couple of reason. A) we love Clayton and love green chili and we
heard that the Eklund Hotel and Saloon had re-opened. Jay and I were
very pleased to find out that that indeed is the case and we actually
stayed at the Eklund (despite $$). B) There was a chance at northwest
flow storms in eastern New Mexico and the TX Panhandle per the GFS and
the NAM that we were watching as a potential to chase for Day 7

Day 7 -- Wednesday June 22. After it became clear that the northwest
flow chase potential had dried up, we decided to make this a drive day
to what looked like a much better setup for severe storms over
southern Montana. We left Clayton mid-morning and drove north all day
reaching Casper early evening for a steak dinner then on to Buffalo,
WY for the night.